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Shawn Syms

Photo: Michael Tenaglia 2015

Shawn Syms has written for over 25 years for more than 50 publications. His work has been short-listed for the prestigious Journey Prize.

Shawn wrote the short-fiction collection Nothing Looks Familiar, a National Post pick for the Top Books of 2014, recently seized by the Michigan Department of Corrections because it “may encourage criminal activity.”

Shawn is currently at work on a novel about the power of filthy lucre, fetishistic sex and compulsive gambling called Money Changes Everything.

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Nothing Looks Familiar. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2014
Friend. Follow. Text. #storiesFromLivingOnline (editor). Enfield & Wizenty, 2013
The Journey Prize Stories 21 (contributor). McClelland & Stewart, 2009
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